Manchester United host their old rivals Leeds United for the first time in over 16 years after the Yorkshire club were relegated back in 2004. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who played for Manchester United against Leeds scored the memorable late equaliser at Old Trafford, and then scored twice in a 4-3 win at Elland Road. Leed’s return to Premier League entices the renewal of their fierce rivalry, and potentially an exciting game on Sunday as Manchester United try to move up the table.
Speaking to reporters ahead of their game, Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer admitted he is relishing the opportunity to renew the rivalry with Leeds after their long absence from Premier League. The Manchester United manager added “I can’t wait. It’s been too long, of course. I know how much it means for our supporters and our club. It’s a different type of Leeds coming up with the coach that has really done a great job with them and will test us to the limit. There were some fiery games with tackles flying in and players from both teams who were winners. We had a few fights, of course. Elland Road wasn’t the quietest place when we came off the coach walking into the stadium, put it that way.”
“There are loads of good memories. I enjoyed scoring two goals in a win at Elland Road. I came on as a sub at Old Trafford and it was a header at the back stick from a cross from Giggsy headed back to the other side. They were two good teams back in the day. I liked the build-up to the games and the quality they had tested us as a team as well.”
Solskjaer confirmed Edinson Cavani is still a doubt for the game after missing the previous three through a groin injury. “He’s still working on his fitness. He’s very meticulous in his rehab work and has not felt right. He couldn’t play against Sheffield United so let’s see how he feels in the last training session.“
The Manchester United manager admitted he might need to rotate his players considering they are about to play five games in the space of 12 days. Solskjaer added “Victor and Harry have been very consistent but they might come to a point where they have to rest. Harry played the most minutes in European football last season, and I think he’s enjoying playing. Victor is maturing, growing and getting more used to the demands of the Premier League. Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe have had small injuries but they’re available for us for Leeds I hope. Let’s see what we do.”